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Interview with Marjorie Waterman

I met Marjorie Waterman in a Facebook writing group. When I heard a bit about her life’s journey, I just knew I had to ask her share it in WomanPause. Thankfully, she graciously agreed to an interview! Marjorie is an amazing example of a life-long learner. She has done important work for Job Corps, in…

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Embrace Your Imperfection

If posed with the question, “Which do you strive to be—brave or perfect,” I would guess that most people would answer “brave.” Perfection is not something to strive for. Achieving perfection is, after all, impossible … right?   Right. Perfection is an impossible state. But that doesn’t mean we don’t strive to reach that state—even…

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Interview With Mireya Vela

Mireya Vela! Strong, courageous, all around amazing woman! I met Mireya at Antioch and loved her immediately! She is a terrific writer and visual artist, activist, researcher and mom. Mireya has taken her experiences with childhood abuse and transformed them into art. Her current collection of essays Vestiges of Courage is a stunning testament to the…

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A Look Back at a Year of WomanPause

I am so excited to say that this month—yes, this very September—marks the one-year anniversary of WomanPause! And What a Year It’s Been!   What a Year It’s Been!   First, I want to thank you all for coming along with me on this wonderful journey! Writing pieces with the aim of offering you something…

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Interview with Ana Maria Spagna

Ana Maria Spagna is definitely one of my sheroes. She’s a great model for following your passions, stepping into the scary places, and for living with the utmost integrity. Ana Maria was a writing mentor of mine at Antioch, Los Angeles. She’s a wonderful teacher, who’s generous and thoughtful with her feedback, and who always…

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FINDING HER WAY HOME: UPLAKE BY ANA MARIA SPAGNA* *First published in Entropy Magazine August 5, 2019   Hi Everyone! I can’t think of a better way to ring in the last summer holiday than by spending some time in the magnificent Northern Cascades with Ana Maria Spagna. Ana Maria is a beautiful writer whose…

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Doctor, Broadway Star, Baker : Huh?

What happens when a mechanic, a Broadway star, and a fourteen-year-old boy enter a bar? I’m not quite sure, but when each of them discovers/rediscovers themselves, the whole world becomes a better place. So … this week’s blog isn’t about anyone over 50. It’s not even just about women! But I’ve got three inspiring, feel…

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Interview with Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is an amazingly dynamic, funny, wise woman over 50 who loves what she does and is in no hurry to slow down! President and Founder of Adrian Miller Sales Training www.adrianmiller.com, a sales consulting organization she launched over 30 years ago, she is also a professional speaker and author. Adrian’s Network www.adriansnetwork.com, the…

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Sandy & Lonnie Phillips: Inspiration for Trying Times

Anger. Hate. Guns. A lethal combination, as we all know, as we are all still reeling from last weekend’s massacres. Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4th marked the 250th and 251st mass shooting this year—more mass shootings than the number of days so far in 2019! .   How Do We Measure Those Wounds?…

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